Dr. Eileen Kennedy gives an invited talk

Dr. Eileen Kennedy, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, recently gave an invited presentation at the 25th American Peptide Symposium in Whistler, British Columbia, titled “Targeting kinases with constrained peptide scaffolds.”

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PBS grad student Sary Alsanea wins awards

The Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences congratulates Sary Alsanea, a PhD candidate, for receiving the following awards from UGA International Student Life:

  • 2016-2017 Outstanding Graduate Student
  • 2017 Saeeda Peermahomed Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service. The Saeeda Peermahomed Award is made possible by the Peermahomed Family and is given annually in recognition of “outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service in the field of international education.”

PBS welcomes Dr. Bruce Roth as Chu Lecturer

Bruce D. Roth, the inventor of Lipitor, a popular cholesterol-lowering medication, was the featured speaker at the UGA College of Pharmacy’s annual Chu Lectureship on Wednesday, March 29. Roth, who is the senior vice president of Small Molecule Drug Discovery at Genentech Research and Early Development, presented “The Discovery and Development of Lipitor: Would anyone make this molecule today?” A reception preceded the event.

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Dr. Eileen Kennedy publishes cell activity paper

Dr. Eileen Kennedy recently published a paper in Nature Methods: “Genetically encoded biosensors for visualizing live-cell biochemical activity at super-resolution. Nature Methods, (2017) doi:10.1038/nmeth.4221. Briefly, the article states that compartmentalized biochemical activities are essential to all cellular processes, but there is no generalizable method to visualize dynamic protein activities in living cells at a resolution commensurate with cellular compartmentalization. In the article, the authors introduce a new class of fluorescent biosensors that detect biochemical activities in living cells at a resolution up to threefold better than the diffraction limit. The findings suggest that biochemical activities of the cell are spatially organized into an activity architecture whose structural and functional characteristics can be revealed by these new biosensors.